Graphics Interchange Format, commonly known as GIF, is widely used on the web. Its main advantages are the capacity to store animated images and to set transparent areas on the picture.
GIF Banner Designer is an application that uses the GIF format to create banners. This program interface is rather similar to those in most image editing applications, so if you are already familiar with this type of software, you will probably find no difficulty in using GIF Banner Designer. There is a work area in the center with toolbars at the top and on the left. These toolbars use commonly known iconic symbols to help you know each button’s function, but if you still have difficulties, the buttons will show tooltips when you move your mouse over them. The idea here is to design your image as you would normally do, adding text, graphics and shape objects.
In addition, there is a context-sensitive toolbar below the work area that will help you set the current element's properties. Besides the Properties tab, this same toolbar has two other tabs. The Effects tab lets you add effects to the selected element like adding and customizing shadows, blur, outline and emboss. The Transition tab, in turn, will let you set transitions, in a manner very similar to the way you do it in PowerPoint. In this respect, you can tell the program when to start the transition, how you want the object to enter, behave and exit.
Please, remember that GIF Banner Designer will help your web pages look better and attract the target audience, only if you focus your attention on a coherent design and do not fall into the new-toy temptation that could lead you to use excessive effects or transitions. Therefore, if you are not a design genius, perhaps, you might like to start from one of many banner templates this program has to offer. These templates have been grouped according to different fields, as medical, sports, travel, etc.
Finally, the resulting image may be exported by sending it by email, uploading it to a FTP site or publishing, which means simply saving it to disk.